Archive » January 4, 2007

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Editorial
Recent windstorm gives cause to revisit campaign to underground power lines in Montecito, says Tim

Letters to the Editor
Protect the Montecito Association; Serenity at Westmont; Santa Barbara Charter School

Ward Connerly
Former University of California Regent condemns return to racial preferences

n.o.t.e.s from downtown
If Jim’s in the kitchen, his wife knows exactly what to do: call for take-out or run for her life

Local Snapshot
Secret to Montecito Barber Shop’s success is that they look at customers as friends and family

Adopt A Pet
Four-year-old Retriever mix, Boris, awaits adoption at the Dog Adoption Welfare Group

School Stuff
Rebecca Brand’s art class makes strong impressions among kids – and their parents

World of Golf
Ray Navis on New Zealand’s South Island, where the golf is part Scottish Links and part Florida parkland

Book Talk
Shelly Lowenkopf on writers who stayed good or got better after their defining works

Focus on Film
Cate Blanchett’s most Oscar-worthy performance to date; new release that contemplates future without procreation

World of Wine
Judy Willis matches Pacific Rim cuisine with Central Coast wines; Santa Barbara Winery turns sour over copycat label

Classified Advertising

A Flowery Finish

Vol. 13 Issue 1

No More Magic

Bob and Sharon Hearne have owned Magic Flowers – the flower stand that straddles the passageway between Vons and Santa Barbara Bank & Trust at the Vons Shopping Center on Coast Village Road – for more than 16 years. The couple won’t, however, be celebrating a full seventeenth year in business: they are throwing in their clippers and heading for Las Vegas.

Scene Around Town

The Holiday Best, and Tea of Course

There was a whole “herd” of reindeer at the Lobero Theatre Associates Holiday Tea held in Betsy Lewis’s home. We didn’t need Santa to drive them because they were only about six inches tall, Stieff stuffed toys dating from the 1940s and ‘50s. They held court on all the mantels...

Local News

After Two Departures, Carbajal Ponders a Planning Commission in Transition

As the Montecito Planning Commission approaches its fifth year of existence, First District Supervisor Salud Carbajal has been faced with new appointments to the five-member panel, a rearrangement that he said would bring new “vitality and vibrancy” to the commission. First came the anticipated resignation last month of Commission Chair...

Your Estate

Home-office Tax Deduction

Spend most of your work time at home? Have you considered a home-office tax break?

The cyber world is making it possible for more of this nation’s workforce to operate from their homes, rather than in an employer-provided workspace. And as we head into tax season, more users of virtual home offices can use their expenses as a tax deduction. ...

Trail Talk

The Estate by the Elderberries – Luxury Near Yosemite

After a five-hour drive from Santa Barbara to Oakhurst, we approached the iron gates of The Estate by the Elderberries with relief and a need to stretch our legs. Perched on a hill overlooking the town nestled in the valley below, the white walls of the main house, Château du...